The Golden Temple of the Sikh religion is made of masonry, marble, wood, gold, copper and ivory. It is also inlaid with glass and valuable jewels. The temple is in the city of Amritsar in northern India, sharing a border with Pakistan.Continue Reading
The temple has an estimated 1,653 pounds in gilding on the dome, which is in the form of a lotus leaf. A lake with fish that keeps the water clean surrounds the temple. Inside the temple is a sacred pool of water, the Amrit Sarovar or Pool of Nectar, after which Amritsar is named.
The Golden Temple is called Harmandir Sahib in the Punjabi language and is the holiest shrine for Sikhs. Construction began in 1574 and was completed in 1601. It was sacked in the 1760s and rebuilt.Learn more about Religion
A Khalsa is a follower of the Sikh religion that participated in a special sacred ceremony. The ceremony demonstrates spiritual evolution and that the person is ready to live in accordance with certain expectations. All Sikhs are expected to work toward the objective of becoming Khalsa.Full Answer >
The holy book of the Sikh religion is the Guru Granth Sahib. Originally, the religion relied on the teaching of living gurus. The 10th guru, Gobind Singh, declared that he would have no living successor, and this collection of teachings would become the ultimate guru for the Sikh.Full Answer >
Some Masonic rituals include prayer, circumambulation, symbolic use of the altar, presenting the lambskin apron and significance of the gavel. The Master or Chaplain must open and close all Masonic Lodges with prayer that is universal, and at the end of the prayer, members say "So mote it be," which means, "So may it ever be."Full Answer >
The main difference between the terms "synagogue," "temple" and the related "shul" is the tradition and intent of the person using the term. Any of the three names can be applied to a place of worship in the Jewish faith, but some terms are preferred over others by different groups for various reasons.Full Answer >